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Lot No. 848 - 1955 Ford Thunderbird

Sold for: £29,480

A beautifully restored, first-generation, T-Bird in Raven Black...   Ford's answer to the Corvette but made of steel and with a 4.7-litre V8 Purchased in 2014 then imported from America and UK registered Superbly restored in the US and further improved during present 4-year ownership In gleaming Raven Black with a Silver hardtop and a 'put your sunglasses on' Red interior One of the best we have ever seen. Even Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli would be impressed 
Details Specification Condition Report
Year of manufacture:
1955
Make:
Ford
Chassis number:
P5FH148018
Engine capacity:
4.8
Body colour:
Raven Black
LHD/RHD:
Left-hand Drive
Registration number:
505 UYK
Model:
Thunderbird
Engine number:
992V8
Odometer Reading:
90000

CCA Vendor Condition Report

Overall:

89 / 135

Exterior

Bodywork:

Glass:

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Remarks

Bare metal respray, new black hood, new white-wall tyres, new chrome, original hard top restored including new headlining, new tonneau cover and tote bag plus overall cover.

Interior

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Seating:

Headlining:

Dashboard:

Boot:

Remarks

New interior trim and new carpets. 

Engine

Components:

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Remarks

New Holley carburettor (original carburettor and chrome pancake air filter supplied) and new rear air shock absorbers.

Transmission

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Vehicle History

Remarks

Ford was not blind to Chevrolet's new Corvette but chose to develop a car along a different path. It was decided that their car would be made of metal instead of fibreglass, be powered by a V-8 engine unlike the Corvette's Blue Flame Six, and that it would feature roll-down windows and an optional hardtop unlike the Corvette's snap on curtains. There was one engine for the first 1955 T-Birds, and it was the 292ci, Y-Block. V-8 fitted with a single four-barrel carburettor. With the standard 3-speed manual transmission, this engine made 193 horsepower, and with the optional Ford-o-Matic transmission, it was a touch more at 198bhp.

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